Halloween in Japan

10 Oct

What are you/your kids going to be for Halloween/ハロウィン this year? My daughter is going to be a candy corn witch and my son is going to be a doggie. We are going to celebrate with some Halloween parties, a Trunk-or-Treat, a Chili Cook-Off, and of course, lots of candy!

How is Halloween celebrated in Japan? According to All About, the Top 10 Ways to Celebrate Halloween in Japan is:

1. Dress up in a costume

2. Host a party at home

3. Go get candy

4. Participate in a Halloween event

5. Decorate with Halloween goods

6. Eat foods made with pumpkin

7. Make a jack-o-lantern

8. Exchange gifts

9. Play at a park

10. Dress in Halloween-ish clothes

Check out my Halloween Post from last year for some other ways to celebrate Halloween Japanese-style (like Halloween origami).

Here are some new activities I found for 2011:

1. Learn all about ghosts and monsters in Japan at Bake Bake.

2. Halloween coloring pages at Nurieyasan.

3. Jack-o-Lantern maze at Nifty Kids.


How do you celebrate Halloween where you live? Have you ever celebrated this holiday in Japan?

8 Responses to “Halloween in Japan”

  1. Bicultural Mama October 10, 2011 at 7:35 PM #

    I didn’t know they celebrated Halloween in Japan. Glad they do as it’s such a fun holiday for the kids.

  2. Hiragana Mama October 10, 2011 at 8:58 PM #

    Yes, it’s gaining popularity over there! Of course, it’s not as big as it is here… for example, there’s no neighborhood trick-or-treating (but I guess that’s dying in the U.S. too). It IS such a fun holiday. What are your kids going to be?

  3. Nami | Just One Cookbook October 11, 2011 at 12:30 AM #

    When I was growing up there was no Halloween (and it’s my birthday!). Now supermarket starts to sell some Halloween goods, and it’s very commercialized. If you go to Tokyo, there are lots of Halloween events especially where there are lots of foreigners. I think young generation parents start to enjoy dress up and decoration but it’s not neighborhood events like here. You have to plan an event on your own and do trick or treating… but I’m sure this will be more common in next 5-10 years!

  4. Lesley October 29, 2011 at 5:00 PM #

    I was looking for cute colouring pages and I came across your website. I love it (as I am a white Canadian girl who is curious about all things Japanese)! I do not know any Japanese so I’m so happy to find a resource that talks about a variety of things in English. I also love that you add weblinks so if there’s something I’m interested in I can check it out in more detail and try my best to understand it by using the translate button on on one of my toolbars.

    I don’t know if you have a sort of e-mail update newsletter. If you do I would love to join it. Keep up the great work!

    • Hiragana Mama October 30, 2011 at 7:41 PM #

      thank you! if you click on the “follow” button at the very bottom of my blog, you’ll get email updates 🙂


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